Portrait

The German short film scene encompasses a large number of innovative filmmakers who have deliberately chosen to go the independent route or who, in addition to feature film projects, continue to shoot short films as well. In the “Portrait” section, shortfilm.de will feature reguarly a cameo of one of these filmmakers.

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Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf

In response to the question of how best to call the art made by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, after a lengthy discussion both reply: sculpture. (In German, the word for sculpture is Bildhauerei, which literally translates as “image-hewing”). While not meant entirely seriously, it sounds funny and nails it surprisingly well. Firstly, the description contains the kind of dry humour that is quintessential to the Berlin artist-duo’s work.

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Jan Soldat

When writing about the depiction of pain in the world, Susan Sontag once spoke about “regarding”. In “Regarding the Pain of Others”, she focused thematically on reactions to images, the responsibility when seeing, as well as on philosophical positions on a realpolitik geographical map.

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Ulu Braun

Ulu Braun is based in Berlin and his work is represented at both film festivals and in the art world. He perceives this double-track approach as a privilege, allowing him the freedom to experiment and broaden his own horizons by regularly traversing boundaries.

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Ute Aurand

Her films possess a particular consistency: They are comprised of light and colour, even when black/white. The camera feels surfaces and allows us to share in their texture and materiality, take pleasure in them, perceive them differently.

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Izabela Plucińska

Izabela Plucińska uses modelling clay to create detailed worlds that are as magical in appearance as they are down-to-earth. Worlds that come alive on the big screen in short animated…

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Till Nowak

Ein kauziger alter Mann steht auf dem Balkon. Die Aussicht ist trist, der Rauch unzähliger Fabrikschlote verdunkelt den Himmel. Fürsorglich wässert der Mann eine einzelne Blume, die in einem rostigen Kasten den schlechten Bedingungen trotzt.

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Susann Maria Hempel

Alltägliche Szenen des menschlichen Zusammenlebens surreal inszeniert, fast schon eine Art performative Installation zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit – so wirken die aneinander gereihten bizarren Sequenzen in Susann Maria Hempels Film WIE IST DIE WELT SO STILLE (2012).

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Olaf Held

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Great art doesn’t need many words – Olaf Held and his short films What might a filmmaker have in mind when he chooses to call a three-minute work SHORT FILM?…

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Marion Pfaus

The (Un-)Mistakable Marion Pfaus likes to play with different identities. On her website, the Berliner by choice coyly asserts that she is constantly being mistaken for someone else. Indeed, for…

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Gruppe Weimar

Short films for kids Children watch too much television. Ten-year-olds sit in front of the box for an average of over 100 minutes a day. Everyone agrees that escalating television…

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Bjørn Melhus

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – Bjørn Melhus doesn’t want to be forced to decide between Black Box and White Cube Bjørn Melhus is one of Germany’s best-known short-film makers…

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Lola Randl

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side Elke and Iris are old friends who have lost track of each other somewhat over the years. Both are fast approaching…

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Jörn Staeger

Films from the depths of the subconscious Pale green water washes over the camera lens, forming bubbles as it subsides. The lens seems to gasp for air several times before…

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Stoptrick

Kathrin Albers and Jim Lacy The company Kathrin Albers and Jim Lacy founded in 2001 in Hamburg as platform for making animated films is named after the technology they use:…

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Jan Peters

Pursuing the Accidental Storyline Jan Peters is a central figure on the German Super 8 film scene – even though, unlike many other cine-film enthusiasts, he is no purist when…

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Dagie Brundert

Life and films in the Super 8 parallel universe Super 8 filmmaker Dagie Brundert was born in 1962 in Ostwestfalen, studied visual communication and experimental filmmaking in Krefeld and Berlin…

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Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer is one of the few German filmmakers who, as a wanderer between the genres, is able to cross what are regarded as the hermetically sealed boundaries between the…

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Joerg Wagner

After focusing in past editions of our Filmmaker Portrait primarily on artistic achievements, today we would like to introduce Germany’s most commercially successful short-film maker, Jörg Wagner. With STAPLERFAHRER KLAUS…

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Carolin Schmitz

In choosing the film BENIDORM as winner of the German Short Film Award 2006, the jury recognized the work of a filmmaker who has managed to make an impression with…

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Stephan-Flint Müller

Films to chase away boredom: Stephan-Flint Müller «Fliegenpflicht f«r Quadratk«pfe« («Bow Tie Duty for Squareheads«) was without question one of the most popular and successful German short films of recent…

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Matthias Müller

If one were to list filmmakers whose short films have been much in evidence at festivals during the last few years, there is one name that would fall frequently: Matthias…

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Clemens von Wedemeyer

Our latest filmmaker portrait looks at the work of Clemens von Wedemeyer. Born in Göttingen, von Wedemeyer studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) in…

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Jochen Kuhn

If one can speak of Germany as having its own “short film establishment”, then Jochen Kuhn is by all means a charter member. He has been active as a film…